The Rise and Resignation of Abadula Gemeda

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Abadula Gemeda, the FDRE house of people’s representative speaker has abruptly resigned. The resignation has been accepted by the executive committee of the government. Various outlets from Addis Ababa have confirmed that the resignation was lodged 15 days ago.

According to Reporter, sources close to the parliament have stated that he has been on duty and will be attending the annual service year opening ceremony to be held on Monday, October 9, 2017. Following that, as is the usual procedure; the replacing speaker of the house will be announced.

Born on the 5th of July 1958, Abadula began his political career as a soldier of the former regime. After being captured by the current government he was placed in the OPDO party; which was a new organization representing the Oromo rebels. Later, he was a general before getting stripped of that title and his life as a civilian leader began. He was president of the Oromia regional state In 2005, these are the details of the incumbency before he assumed office as speaker of the house in September 10, 2010; according to reports about his career path. He is considered as an influential politician in the OPDO.

The resignation comes at a time where several causes of contention surround the party. The intervention of the Ethiopian defense forces in the border conflict issues between Somalia and Ethiopia did not sit well with the former speaker. Several other causes have been raised for the resignation, mostly in connection with a scandal concerning a wealthy member of the OPDO party found involved in corruption.

The reaction surrounding this news has been mixed, while there are some who see this as a message to the ruling party and standing in solidarity with those members of OPDO who have been said to have made strong moves, considering the political environment of the country. And on the other side of the spectrum, we have those who believe that this is the wrong time to resign, his role as mediator between the Oromia regional state and the federal government is significant to many. However, according to a report, Abadula Gemeda remains in membership within both the EPRDF as well as OPDO. This is a developing story, we’ll have more in the days to come.

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